Only Three Weeks Away, the Final Round of Speakers for TEDxToronto Announced

After party and Satellite event details and tickets available

TORONTO, Sept. 16, 2014 /CNW/ - Our delegates have now been confirmed and the event is only three weeks away –TEDxToronto is coming to the Royal Conservatory of Music's Koerner Hall on October 2. With an exciting last round of speakers to announce, and After Party and Satellite event tickets now available, details for TEDxToronto 2014 are finalized.

"Releasing the last batch of speakers is the final stage before TEDxToronto, and we couldn't be more excited," said Dan Jacob, Co-Chair of TEDxToronto. "The anticipation of more than 1,000 Torontonians coming together to experience the event is palpable and the potential for idea sharing and community building is undeniably inspiring."

The final four speakers and performers at TEDxToronto are:  

Gabriela Mastromonaco: Gabriela is a reproductive biologist with the Toronto Zoo. She works with animals that are at risk of becoming extinct to ensure future generations share a world with tigers and polar bears.

Maylee Todd (performer): Maylee is an artist based in Toronto who is self-taught on the harp and guitar. Her music combines organic and electronic forms, including elements of boogie, bossa nova, space funk, psychedelia, and soul.

Ana Serrano: Ana is the Chief Digital Officer of the Canadian Film Centre (CFC), and founder of CFC Media Lab, the world-renowned interactive storytelling institute created in 1997

Pantea Razzaghi: Pantea is the co-founder and Chief Culture and Design Officer of Synbiota — an open science platform enhancing accessibility of the life sciences. She will be discussing the importance of the open science movement and what it can do for citizen engagement and empowerment.

Previously announced speakers are Sabrina Jalees, Keith Vanderlinde, Tarik Sayeed, Jamil Jivani, Adam van Koeverden, Nav Bhatia, Colin Boyd Shafer, David Fleet, John Cruickshank, Rachel Parent, Margot Taylor and local performers, Choir! Choir! Choir!  (Photos of the speakers are available upon request.)

Satellite Event Details Announced
Our Satellite event is an opportunity to watch TEDxToronto via live stream with others who are just as passionate about ideas worth sharing. In addition to watching the conference live, you'll get to meet a panel of past TEDxToronto speakers who will lead discussion about the day's events. Only 100 tickets are available, free of charge. Register here by September 26 at 5:00 p.m.

  • Location: CSI Annex —720 Bathurst Street
  • Availability: 100 tickets are available, completely free —register here by September 26 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Time: 9:30 a.m–6:00 p.m. Applicants can choose the full day, morning, or afternoon sessions

The Pursuit of Greatness: The Official TEDxToronto After Party
We invite you to join us at The Pursuit of Greatness – our official after party. In addition to connecting with our speakers, performers and demonstrators from the conference, you will be able to experience an evening of live entertainment and surprises, influenced by the 1920s and The Great Gatsby.

The After Party will take place at CUBE Nightclub, starting at 9 p.m. There are a limited number of early bird tickets available here for $35 each.

To learn more about the conference and previously announced speakers, visit

About TEDx, x = independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a conference in California 1984, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with many initiatives.

At a TED conference, the world's leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes or less. TED speakers have included Roger Ebert, Sheryl Sandberg, Bill Gates, Elizabeth Gilbert, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Brian Greene, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

On, talks from TED conferences are shared with the world for free as TED Talks videos. A new TED Talk is posted every weekday. Through the Open Translation Project, TED Talks are subtitled by volunteers worldwide. Through our distribution networks, TED Talks are shared on TV, radio, Netflix and many websites.

The TEDx initiative grants free licenses to people around the world to organize TED-style events in their communities with TED Talks and live speakers. Selected talks from these events are also turned into TED Talks videos.

The annual TED Prize grants $1 million to an exceptional individual with a wish to change the world. The TED Fellows program helps world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities. TED-Ed creates short video lessons by pairing master teachers with animators, for use in classroom instruction or independent learning.

For information about TED's upcoming conferences, visit

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Video with caption: "Video: The Canadian Film Centre's Ana Serrano will be speaking at the TEDxToronto conference on October 2, 2014". Video available at:

Video with caption: "Video: Co-founder and Chief Culture and Design officer of Synbiota, Pantea Razzaghi will be speaking about the open science movement on October 2 at TEDxToronto". Video available at:

SOURCE: TEDx Toronto

For further information: For interviews with TEDxToronto organizers or speakers: Candi Jeronimo, Public Relations Manager, TEDxToronto,

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